Churches tend to resemble their pastors, and that is especially true for new churches. The healthier the pastor, the more spiritually healthy the church will be. While sometimes a predecessor can create a toxic culture that can last for years, in many cases a church will begin to resemble the pastor after 5 years of influence.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
Church leaders may have more control over the spiritual health of their congregations than they think, and that can be good and bad news.
- Influence: While leaders can’t change or influence everything in their churches, they at least have a very good reason to invest time in their own spiritual health and to model healthy practices.
- Biblical Leadership: The Bible shows time and time again that leaders influenced the direction of the people they lead.
- Taking Stock: Leaders need to periodically take stock of themselves and their church in order to determine the impact of their influence, and additional insight from a colleague may help as well.
Can you change one thing about your daily routine that can have an impact on your church?
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